On Thunder

within seconds of

flickering shadows on walls

shaken foundations

~

CLP 28/07/2021

On the Edge

solid, liquid, gas

permanence ethereal

shifting between states

~

CLP 01/07/2021

Under the Sun

chittering swallows

whirring crickets, silent moths

seeking pastures old

~

CLP 30/06/2021

Time #1

when it’s been really hot

like today, close to the mid-point of June

eventually the blue begins to thin

as if mixed with a few drops of white spirit

.

the air moves a little faster

adding cool to shade

under the solitary oak

crowning the rise

.

arrhythmic sounds of a distant road backwash

strangely vigorous mid-afternoon songs of blackbirds

who call as if expecting rain

but it won’t, not yet

.

there is no accumulation of clouds

over the Blackdown Hills

just the wind seasoned by a dash of brine

chilled through months of swirling winter tides

.

provoked, other birds respond, goldfinches

keening for respite from potential drought

trying to sweet -talk moisture from the sky

to fill the hard-set hoof prints and tyre-track hollows

.

to soften the soil and freshen pasture

to fill the brook now wearing a skin

that barely covers its old bones

its smoothed stones lie dry, matted green

.

heading west into the breeze

every feather extended to the full

a buzzard floats along the hedge

then shifts its path toward the wood

.

I sit against the towering trunk

spine aligned to its hard rutted bark

listen to the plaintive songs

wonder at how fast my sixty years have gone

Dream #12

England, June

so hot, seek shelter

curtained sleep

buzzards call above canal

blue flash of kingfisher

martins and swallows streak across hedgerows

dandelion clocks stop at full o’clock

pollen clouds float on puffs of tired air

perfect circles form where fish kiss

the mirrored surface

~

CLP 06/06/2021

On Dreams xiv

to activate dreams

start by counting cows then sheep

then feed fresh born lambs

n.b. I have skipped ‘On Dreams xiii’ for now.

~

CLP 19/05/2021

On Water xxxv

flow from root to leaf

hydraulics seek to balance

inequalities

~

n.b. Proper “Levelling up”.

CLP 09/05/2021

On Water xxxiii

humidity change

softens the blackbird’s sharp song

permeates morning

~

CLP 10/05/2021

On Water xxvi

brighter than the Sun

black pool illumination

Wensum’s dazzle ship

~

CLP 03/05/2021

On Water xxv

under umbrella

lovers rush seeking shelter

breathless excitement

~

CLP 03/05/2021